Below you will find a few examples of lawn shapes that can often cause problems when measuring and deciding on the quantity you need to order. Please remember if after reading this page you are still unsure, call our office and our friendly staff can offer suggestions or talk you through any problems you encounter. Alternatively if you are able to fax, post or email drawings of your garden ,we can then work out the best method for supply and installation. We would also recommend sending photos of the area as this allows us to point out any problems you may encounter during your installation or assist furthur with measuring information
Before ordering also consider any access issues you might have at the installation address, for example if access is through the house, can a 4m roll of artificial grass be carried through without being bent or folded?
The drawing above shows a typical lawn shape. The key to selecting the correct quantity of artificial grass is to understand that the pile of the artificial grass surface must always be kept in the same direction. The temptation to turn one piece of the artificial grass 90 degrees to the other is the most common mistake when ordering and fitting. If this was done it would cause you to have a poor join which would be visible from all directions. It would also show a colour variation.
As the drawing shows, for a lawn like this it would be best to draw the shape of the garden onto graph paper, drawing it to scale, so you are then able to work out the best way to lay the artificial grass. When you are working out your requirements try to keep in mind the widths of the artificial grass (2m and 4m) and decide which is the most economical way to cover the area, remembering that waste from some areas may cover small areas that extend away from the main area.
One thing you may have noticed is the white sizes are larger than the drawing measurements, as we would always recommend ordering slightly over your requirements allowing for minor size discrepancies and trimming for joins.
The two examples above are the same garden designs, the only difference being the left image has a cut out in the top left, this could be a shed, wall or steps. Although this area does not need covering in artificial grass you would still have to buy the same quantity as the image on the right.
One thing to note is that if the wall, shed or patio dropped below the red line in the centre of the garden (red line shows 4m mark from the bottom edge), you would be able to measure from the right hand side of the garden up to the edge of the patio, shed or wall, reducing the total you would have to order.
Also the drawing shows a pond but again this would be ignored when measuring the area. Only if the obstruction were a large proportion of the area would you work out each section around the obstruction. This would take extra time and use more adhesives with the risk of seeing joins, so always try to cover the area with the minimum amount of joins and when possible put the joins on the shortest lengths.
This area would require two pieces 4m x 5.1m and 5.1m of join tape. We would also recommend 2 tubes of adhesive to do the join. If you need help on deciding the quantity of adhesive and tape you require please contact our office on 01572 768208 or email email@example.com.
This next image above shows a lawn that looks similar to the image at the top of the page, but with one major difference. The piece at the top right is 2m wide and the lower piece is 3m tall, this gives you two options to lay this garden one approx 30sqm and the other using 28sqm.
The diagram shows the principle way to install the grass using a 4m x 5.1m and a 4m x 2.1m (28.8sqm) and having only one join. The other method is to use a 2m x 7m roll to run along the top, left to right and then a 4m x 4m roll to cover the lower section. Always ensure the grass is running in the same direction. This would need a 3.9m join and use approx 2sqm extra than the other method. This demonstrates how even on a simple lawn there could be a number of ways to install so always double check you have measured the best way for your project.
The drawing above shows a circular lawn area, this could be surrounded by soil, slabs or edging stones. To work out what you require, measure across the widest part of the circle to work out the diameter. This example measures 3.8m across therefore a piece 4m wide by 3.9m long would be needed as the rolls are only available in 2m and 4m widths. We would also recommend when you order to add a little extra on the length to ensure it fits.
If the circular lawn were a 6m diameter this would require a piece 4m wide by 6m long and a piece 2m wide by 6m long, this could then be joined on site. Note: when joining, measure the width of each roll delivered to ensure you know how much you have extra on each roll to allow for trimming when completing the join. You would also need to order 6m of join tape and 2 tubes of adhesive.
On a 5m diameter circle you have two options to cover the area. Either the method above using a 4m x 5m and 2m x 5m to make a 6m wide and you would have 5sqm of wastage (as a 5m width is only required), however this option only requires one join.
The other method is to purchase a 4m x 5m and a 2m x 2.6m this piece would then be cut down its length and joined end to end providing a piece 1m x 5.2m. This would then be joined to the 4m wide roll. This is the more complicated option to complete and relies on both joins being perfect. We would only recommend this on large circles where wastage can become costly.
This drawing shows a lawn that is very common in city terrace houses. Although the lawn has curves on both sides all you would do is measure the width at the widest point of the lawn (left to right) remembering to measure in a straight line even if the widest part is further up the garden.
As this lawn is under 4m in width you would simply order 4m wide x length, which in this case would be a 7.4m allowing for a little extra. If the widest point left to right were 5.9m you would order a 4m wide and a 2m wide roll by the required length of the lawn area.
Note: if the lawn was 5m wide x 7.3m long, we would recommend you use two pieces 4m wide by 5m long and once joined would provide a piece 5m x 8m. Although the joins would be left to right rather than front to back this would mean you have smaller joins and more manageable pieces to position in your garden.